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The Zero Hour


Published 1939


Frieda Inescort and Otto Kruger play two stars of the theater in this tear-jerker.


Run time 50 minutes 52 seconds
Production Company Republic Pictures
Audio/Visual sound, black & white

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Reviewer: Kentworth - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 29, 2014
Subject: Good film
My tears can be jerked rather easily, but this one didn't really do it. It's a pretty good film, the situation is a no-win situation, so you know something had to give somewhere along the line. I can't give it five, but the acting was respectable, direction about average for the era, and it was worth spending an hour or so, if for no other reason than the plot, which was captivating.
Reviewer: WINSTON SMITH3353 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 18, 2013
Subject: Great Melodrama by Director Sydney Salkow
This grim melodrama tells the story of a kindly theatrical producer (Julian Forbes as played by Otto Kruger) who mentors a beautiful young woman (Linda Marsh as played by Frieda Inescort) and helps her to become a big Broadway star. In time, the two fall in love and decide to wed. Unfortunately, en route to a justice of the peace, tragedy strikes the happy couple and the would-be groom ends up a paraplegic permanently bound to a wheelchair. Still, his fiancé remains devoted to him through the years although soon he nobly releases her from any expectation of the conventional conjugal loyalty. Nine years pass and the woman decides she wants to adopt a child (Beth, played by charming 7 year-old Ann E. Todd). All things seem to be in place for the adoption, but unfortunately, a widower (Mr. Brewster as played by Donald Douglas) shows up to claim the child. This is only the setup to the story.

It is also the point in the film at which you get out the hankies. Really good people all, everybody gets their heart torn out including the cutest little girl ever in unavoidable circumstances of love, loyalty, nobility, magnanimity and fate. Nobody escapes. This film is guaranteed to leave the viewer a quivering mass of emotion by the time it is over.

Excellent acting, good sound, good print with the 512Kb/MPEG4 download.

CAST:
Otto Kruger as Julian Forbes
Frieda Inescort as Linda Marsh
Ann E. Todd as Beth
Adrienne Ames as Susan
Donald Douglas as Brewster
Jane Darwell as Sophie
J.M. Kerrigan as Timothy
Leonard Carey as Butler
Sarah Padden as Sister Theodosia
Ferris Taylor as Weber
Willard Parker as Lansdowne
Landers Stevens as Doctor

This is by far one of the best films in the archive.
Reviewer: Dr Feel Rotten - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 7, 2010
Subject: Wow is about all I have
Poor Linda.. I hope I never have to face such hardships and even though I've had my share none ever hit it to such a level. Now I'm left pondering if Julian was the most generous or most selfish. That's left to the viewer to ponder alone, but this one does as karen says, rips your heart right out in the end.
Te acting was a big uppercrustish hoity toity if that's a word, but it matched the script. Anywhere else the same acting style would seem phoney, but it works well here.
Reviewer: kareneliot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 13, 2010
Subject: Well, that turned into a heart-wrencher
I didn't have much hope for this movie, but I was so wrong. IT IS A REALLY GOOD ONE!!

The story took a bit to get going but it soon finds its' depth and the leading lady is just lovely and the rest of the characters are pretty good and the end just wrenched my heart out.
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